On April 6, the City of Monterey released the schedule and additional details regarding the renovation of the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey County, Calif. Estimated at $45 million, the renovation is to begin late November 2015.
In part a response to existing and interested meeting and conference clients who require an upgraded facility, the project will include physical and technological improvements. The first floor of the revitalized center is planned to reopen by late summer 2016 with the grand opening of the entire renovated facility in early 2017.
“The Monterey Conference Center renovation will dramatically improve the destination’s position as a desirable location for meetings and conferences. We already know from our clients that Monterey’s scenic beauty and unique characteristics provide inspiration and enhance the desire for meeting planners to book their conferences in our extraordinary destination,” said Tammy Blount, president and CEO, Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau (MCCVB). “This renovation provides an advanced facility sought after by meeting planners to complement their memorable meeting and destination experience.”
Once complete, the renovated Conference Center will have the ability to host multiple meetings simultaneously with flexible meeting space and more usable pre-function space. The Silver LEED-certified building will offer advanced technology with a contemporary exterior that evokes the Monterey style.
“We are excited to see that the renovation of the Conference Center is moving forward. The increased technological capability and additional options for meeting room configuration allow us to attract more conferences and retain our valuable meeting planner relationships,” said Bob Cowdrey, general manager, Monterey Conference Center.
Led by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the re-design will be one of the largest and most influential architecture firms in the world with award-winning projects including convention and conference centers in Hong Kong, Seoul, Virginia Beach, Chicago and San Francisco’s Moscone Center.
For more information, visit SeeMonterey.com/conference-center